Lot 114. A jade ceremonial blade, Late Shang-Western Zhou dynasty; 33 by 5.6 cm. Lot sold: 2,142,000 HKD (Estimate: 400,000 - 600,000 HKD). © Sotheby's 2022
the long and slightly convex blade flaring gently towards the straight bevelled edge, drilled with a perforation at the tang and another smaller perforation off-centre on the blade, the opaque green stone with brown mottling.
Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Richard C. Bull.
Sotheby's New York, 6th December 1983, lot 173.
R.H. Ellsworth Ltd, New York, 1983.
Literature: Arts of the Chou Dynasty, Stanford, California, 1958, cat. no. 18.
Treasures in America, Virginia, 1961, cat. no. 42.
Chinese Jade Exhibit, Philadelphia, 1962, cat. no. 24.
Selected Treasures of Chinese Art: Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong, 1990, cat. no. 197.
Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, pl. 10:22.
Exhibited: Masterpieces of Chinese Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, 1954-55.
Arts of the Chou Dynasty, Stanford University Museum, Stanford, California, 1958.
Treasures in America, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, 1961.
Chinese Jade Exhibit, The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1962.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, 1963.
Selected Treasures of Chinese Art: Min Chiu Society Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1990-91.
British Museum, London, on loan, 1995.
Sotheby's. HOTUNG The Personal Collection of the late Sir Joseph Hotung: Part 1, Hong Kong, 9 October 2022